Military Review English Edition November-December 2015 - Page 98

(U.S. Air Force photo by Greg L. Davis) Pfc. Sean Chasteen focuses his attention on a group of Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets during the 2013 Delaware State JROTC Drill Competition 20 April 2013 at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware. Chasteen, a former JROTC cadet at Caesar Rodney High School, was invited to help judge the drill competition after he completed training to become an explosive ordnance disposal technician. An All-Volunteer Force for Long-Term Success Col. Michael Runey, U.S. Army Col. Charles Allen, U.S. Army, Retired I n 2014, America’s modern all-volunteer force (AVF) observed its fortieth anniversary. The AVF has, largely, been deemed a success by policy makers as well as the general public since its inception during the Vietnam War up until the conflicts initiated by the 9/11 attacks. However, the last fourteen years of war have placed unprecedented demands on the AVF that have pushed the enlisted force in the 92 Army to near the breaking point. The consequence of such prolonged stress is that the AVF’s long-term viability as a high-quality, affordable, professional force is now at risk. Of particular concern, as the military faces new, rapidly mutating global threats, is the increasing challenge the services—especially the Army—have in acquiring the high-quality enlisted talent they need. November-December 2015  MILITARY REVIEW